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Polygamer is an audio podcast that encourages and celebrates equality and diversity in gaming by interviewing voices pushing for change.


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Jul 27, 2022 Ken Gagne
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The Polygamer podcast launched in July 2014 to broaden the discussion of diversity and equality in gaming. Across eight years and 137 guests, hundreds of stories have been told, looking at everything from masculinity and polyamory to accessibility and ludomusicology. In this final episode, I tie those stories together, bringing Polygamer to a close with reflections and clips from eight of my most memorable interviews. Related links Polygamer episodes Polygamer #15: Zoë Quinn & Alex...
Topics: Ken Gagne, conclusion, ultimate
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2022/07/27/pg128-final/
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Jul 20, 2022 Ken Gagne
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Helene Utterback is a practitioner and advocate of polyamory, or transparently having multiple romantic partners. As an alternative lifestyle to traditional monogamy, polyamory allows individuals to have various emotional and physical needs met by more than one person. It's a form of romance rarely seen in video games, a medium that instead allows or encourages players to "romance" no more than one non-player character (NPC) at a time. In this podcast, Helene and I chat about the...
Topics: Helene Utterback, love, polyamory, relationships
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2022/07/20/pg127-helene-utterback/
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Jun 15, 2022 Ken Gagne
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Aenne Schumann is one of the narrative designers of Arcade Spirits and Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers, a pair of visual novels set in a fictional timeline where arcades still reign supreme. Both games feature a diverse cast of characters to meet and, optionally, romance, while telling stories of personal discovery and social justice. When not writing games or speaking on convention panels about romance in games, Aenne is a streamer for Stumptgamers and Rainbow Arcade and works by day as a...
Topics: ADHD, Aenne Schumann, Arcade Spirits, narrative designer, Press2Reset, visual novel
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2022/06/15/pg126-aenne-schumann/
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May 18, 2022 Ken Gagne
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Game to Grow is a non-profit that promotes the therapeutic, educational, and community growth benefits of gaming. With structured online sessions of Dungeons & Dragons and Minecraft, as well as their own tabletop game called Critical Core, Game to Grow teaches gamers of all ages and to become more confident, creative, and socially capable. In this episode, Game to Grow executive director Adam Davis and director of education and training Dr. Elizabeth D. Kilmer join Ken to discuss the...
Topics: Adam Davis, Critical Core, D&D, Dungeons & Dragons, Game to Grow, Kickstarter, Minecraft,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2022/05/18/pg125-gametogrow/
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Cyndi Wiley is the Digital Accessibility Lead for Iowa State University's Digital Accessibility Lab. Equipped with everything from screenreaders to Xbox consoles, the Lab helps students and faculty create, advocate for, and consume media that is accessible to users of all different abilities. In this interview, Cyndi and I chat about how disability is a social construct; what the phrase "Nothing About Us, Without Us" means; why users need to be paid for accessibility testing; the...
Topics: accessibility, Cyndi Wiley, Iowa State University, WCAG
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2022/04/20/pg124-cyndi-wiley/
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Mar 23, 2022 Ken Gagne
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Honey P. Rosenbloom  is the executive director of Friendship Garden, an organization that supports developers from historically marginalized community with resources. A software developer themself, Honey believes in games as a gentle, playful, and sustainable way for players to connect with each other and themselves. Honey is also a founding member of the Alphabet Workers Union, consisting of and representing employees of Google and its parent company.  In this podcast, Honey and I chat about...
Topics: Alphabet Workers Union, AWU, Carnegie Mellon University, CMU, Friendship Garden, Honey P...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2022/03/23/pg123-honey-rosenbloom/
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Feb 23, 2022 Ken Gagne
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Allison Holt  is a Webby Award-winning software developer with a 23-year-career that includes a decade of experience in the video game industry. She has built websites and backend systems for Turbine, developers of Dungeons & Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online; Harmonix, creators of Rock Band and Guitar Hero; and Curt Schilling's ill-fated 38 Studios. She is also an accomplished artist, with her commissions appearing in friends' homes and on the cover of the  Transporter Lock...
Topics: 38 Studios, Allison Holt, LGBT, rock band, transgender, Turbine, Webby
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2022/02/23/pg122-allison-holt/
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Jan 12, 2022 Ken Gagne
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Arthur Inasi  has spent the last 15 years at Harmonix, developer of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band rhythm games, working as a sound designer, level designer, voice actor, mocap actor, and more. As creative lead of Dance Central VR, he oversaw the series' reboot for Oculus virtual reality headsets. His side hustles include producing music under the name M-Cue and hosting the podcast  Greasy Says , where he offers unfiltered truths from his career as a brown game developer. In this podcast, I...
Topics: Arthur Inasi, Dance Central, Greasy Says, Guitar Hero, Harmonix, M-Cue, rock band
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2022/01/12/pg121-arthur-inasi/
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Dec 22, 2021 Ken Gagne
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After years as a Dungeons & Dragons player, Sabriel Mastin stepped behind the DM screen to run her own campaign. She immediately loved it, creating her own adventures in the world of Eberron. With that experience under her belt, she realized she could help other DMs with their own creations as well. She now offers her services as a D&D editor, offering developmental, line, and copyediting on modules and supplements. By day, Sabriel is a the head of social media and support for Overbuff,...
Topics: Activision, Activision Blizzard, Blizzard, D&D, Dungeons & Dragons, editing, Overbuff,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2021/12/22/pg120-sabriel-mastin/
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Nov 29, 2021 Ken Gagne
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Bonnie Gordon is an actor, voice actor, and musician extraordinaire. Having previously been a Starfleet ensign at Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas, she now voices the ship's computer on the animated series Star Trek: Prodigy . And as part of the Library Bards musical comedy duo, she sings pop culture songs rewritten with nerdy lyrics, from Spider-Man to the Princess Bride. Now she's back on Kickstarter to crowdfund a solo jazz album, Con Artist , which will blend cover songs with her own...
Topics: acting, actor, Bonnie Gordon, Con Artist, crowdfunding, Library Bards, musician, Prodigy, Star...
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Oct 20, 2021 Ken Gagne
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Chel Wong  is a Boston-based video game composter and sound designer. As a freelancer, she has worked on such titles as the music puzzler Kine, the Starfox-inspired Whisker Squadron, and the surreal adventure RPG She Dreams Elsewhere. Not only has she also helped run the Game Audio Boston group, but as a freelancer, she invests 12 hours a week into networking — everyone in Boston knows Chel! In this podcast interview, Chel and I discuss the challenges in writing Kine's modular soundtrack;...
Topics: Boston, Chel Wong, composition, Gwen Frey, Kine, music, soundtrack, Whisker Squadron, Chel Wong,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2021/10/20/pg118-chel-wong/
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Sep 22, 2021 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Lindsey Migliore, also known as  GamerDoc , is a licensed esports physician. While hiking the Appalachian Trail, she realized that only by abandoning her original goal of becoming an NFL team doctor could she combine her passions for medicine and video games. She now works with esports athletes to maintain and improve their health; and, as founder of  Queer Women of Esports , she tackles the harassment and lack of sponsorship faced by female LGBTQIA+ esport athletes. In this podcast, Dr....
Topics: Dr. Lindsey Migliore, esports, GamerDoc, healthcare, LGBT, medicine, Queer Women of Esports, QWE,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2021/09/22/pg117-dr-lindsey-migliore/
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Beth Daggert has been a game designer, software engineer, lead programmer, director of engineering, and vice president of engineering, within and without the gaming industry. Having worked on such historic franchises as Lode Runner and Star Wars, she recently accomplished a bucket-list item of contributing to the development of an Ultima-inspired role-playing game — for the Apple II computer, where her passion for digital storytelling started decades ago. In this podcast, Beth and I talk...
Topics: Beth Daggert, D&D, Lode Runner, Nox Archaist, Procore, Richard Garriott, Tim Sweeney, Ultima,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2021/08/25/pg116-beth-daggert/
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Jul 21, 2021 Ken Gagne
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Brianna Dym  is a Ph.D student in the University of Colorado Boulder's information science department under Dr. Casey Fiesler. Brianna's field of study is fanworks: the original creations, derivations, and reimaginings of existing brands and media, from movies to video games. LGBTQIA+ authors engage in this creative component of fandom to produce original stories and games that better represent marginalized groups. In this podcast, Brianna and I discuss what makes for good source material, and...
Topic: Brianna Dym
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Jun 16, 2021 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Melissa Chaplin is the head of client strategy at Game If You Are, a UK-based marketing firm helping indie video games get the attention they deserve. When not writing press releases, editing trailers, and landing podcast spots for upcoming developers, Melissa is busily building community. She’s the founder of Games Industry Lunch Club, a monthly online networking event; a participant in Limit Break, a mentorship program for games industry professionals; and the former organizer of PhD...
Topics: Game If You Are, Games Industry Lunch Club, Limit Break, marketing, Melissa Chaplin, mentorship,...
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May 19, 2021 Ken Gagne
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Maia Weinstock is the creator of LEGO Women of NASA, a kit she proposed on the LEGO Ideas site that won approval to be made into a real product. Now she's pitching the Women of Computing , a set that pays homage to Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, and other women who were instrumental in the early days of computers. In this podcast, Maia and I talk about how she got into LEGO as an adult; the value of representation in LEGO; how the brick manufacturer itself has come around to including different...
Topics: Hidden Figures, LEGO, Maia Weinstock, MIT, NASA, Women of Computing
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2021/05/19/pg113-maia-weinstock/
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Apr 14, 2021 Ken Gagne
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Kate Olguin knew that finishing her undergraduate career and searching for a job would be difficult; she did not expect a pandemic to make it even harder. Fortunately, armed with a degree in interactive media and game design from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Kate landed as a game designer at Other Ocean Interactive, where she currently works on Project Winter. From her home in Connecticut, she also continues to volunteer with Boston Post Mortem, whose monthly events have moved to a virtual...
Topic: Kate Olguin
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2021/04/14/pg112-kate-olguin/
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Mar 17, 2021 Ken Gagne
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Ivy Dolamore is an artist, cryptid, and unschooler. The product of a curriculum-free homeschooling education, Ivy quit her job at GameStop to become a full-time artist, supported by commissions, Patreon, and an extensive social media following. Her creations span a variety of art styles and media, including prints, jewelry, and Diamond Art. In this episode, I chat with Ivy about how she made the leap to being an artist; how her retail experience lends itself to her new craft; which social media...
Topic: Ivy Dolamore
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Feb 17, 2021 Ken Gagne
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Amanda Pegg-Wheat is a children’s librarian and branch manager in Quincy, Massachusetts. In addition to books, movies, video games, and Internet access, Amanda offers her patrons another service: Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. As the DM, she guides young adventurers through the fantasy world of Theros — even when the pandemic keeps them from gathering around the gaming table in person. In this podcast, Amanda and I chat about what made her want to pursue the children’s librarian track...
Topics: Amanda Pegg-Wheat, D&D, Dungeons & Dragons, librarian, libraries, library, Massachusetts,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2021/02/17/pg110-amanda-pegg-wheat/
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Jan 27, 2021 Ken Gagne
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Dianna Lora is an account manager at Massive Entertainment, the Ubisoft studio working on the next Star Wars video game. She is an accomplished multimedia maven, having written reviews, produced videos, and edited podcasts for such outlets as Sony, DualShockers, and GoodgameTV. Now, from her new home in Sweden, Dianna manages corporate relationships with producers, developers, and creators to ensure everyone has what they need to build a successful product together — something she learned...
Topics: account manager, Black History Month, Deep Silver, Dianna Lora, Lucasfilm, Malmo, Massive...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2021/01/27/pg109-dianna-lora/
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Dec 16, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Rachel Kowert is the host of Psychgeist, a YouTube series that examines the psychology of video games. In her videos, Dr. Kowert examines such concepts as escapism, flow, esports, and Animal Crossing. She is also the research director for Take This, a non-profit that seeks to destigmatize mental health issues in the gaming industry; and she is the author of Pragmatic Princess , a children's book about empowerment and self-reliance. In this interview, Dr. Kowert and I talk about the role of...
Topics: Build Your Own Castle, Dr. Rachel Kowert, Final Fantasy, PhD, Pragmatic Princess, Psychgeist,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/12/16/pg108-kowert/
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Kelsey Lewin is the co-director of the Video Game History Foundation , a non-profit dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and teaching the history of video games. When not collecting, digitizing, and archiving game history, Kelsey is co-owner of Pink Gorilla Games , a chain of two video game retail stores in Seattle, Washington. In this podcast, Kelsey and I talk about the recently announced Video Game Source Project, a new initiative to collect the raw materials used in a game's production....
Topics: Frank Cifaldi, Kelsey Lewin, Monkey Island, retail, Ron Gilbert, Seattle, VGHF, Video Game History...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/11/11/pg107-kelsey-lewin/
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Oct 14, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Courtney Garcia is the host of Screen Therapy , a blog and YouTube channel about how movies and games can be used to promote mental and emotional well-being. Whether they are putting us in a good mood or fulfilling unconscious emotional needs, video games can be used to help us develop our empathy and emotional intelligence In this podcast interview, I ask Courtney about the unique role of video games in a pandemic; whether all games fall on a scale of hedonic to eudaimonic; if violence in...
Topics: Courtney Garcia, Gorogoa, Journey, media psychology, Night in the Woods, Old Man's Journey, Screen...
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Sep 23, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Dr. T.L. Taylor is a professor at M.I.T. and the author of several books, including Watch Me Play – Twitch and the Rise of Game Live Streaming. Her ethnographic research into esports and online game streaming have led her to co-found AnyKey, an advocacy organization that supports diversity, inclusion, and equity in competitive gaming; and to be one of the founding members of Twitch’s Safety Advisory Council. In this episode, I ask T.L. how esports led to Twitch and vice versa; how an...
Topics: amusement parks, AnyKey, Boston, Cambridge, esports, Massachusetts, MIT, PhD, TL Taylor, Twitch,...
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Aug 19, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Creatrix Tiara is a shenaniganist — one who performs in a variety of media and activities, from spoken word to interactive storytelling to sleight of hand to event organizing. Tiara performs as Queer Lady Magician, has been a writer for such games as Here's Your Fuckin' Papers and What The $!#&@! Do They Need Now?, and uses their art to address themes such as immigration, intersectionality, and liminality. In this podcast interview, I ask Tiara how they elevate stage magic to address...
Topics: Australia, Creatrix Tiara, Here's Your Fuckin' Papers, immigration, Magic, Melbourne, Queer Lady...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/08/19/pg104-creatrix-tiara/
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Jul 29, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Jordan Jones-Brewster is the narrative designer of We should talk. , a short-form narrative game available for Steam and consoles. During a single night at a local bar, players will interact with several characters while maintaining a conversation with their girlfriend via text message. Using an innovative "sentence spinner", players can choose from dozens of responses to each prompt, leading to one of nine possible endings. In this interview, I ask Jordan how We should talk....
Topics: Jordan Jones-Brewster, narrative, narrative designer, NYU, PixelPop Festival, Save the Day, We...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/07/29/pg103-jordan-jones-brewster/
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Jun 17, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Jason Oda is the designer and developer of Waking , a game that uses gamers' personal memories as weapons in the fight to awaken from a coma. As players explore the landscape of their subconscious, they are prompted to meditate and reflect on their experiences, choosing the memories that will strengthen them and fight alongside them. Waking releases on Thursday, June 18, 2020 for Xbox One and Windows from tinyBuild Games. In this interview, Jason and I talk about the game's evolution from Coma...
Topics: coma, ID@Xbox, Jason Oda, Steam, tinyBuild, Waking, Windows, Xbox One
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/06/17/pg102-jason-oda/
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May 13, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Parents are raising the next generation of gamers — but let’s give some self-care to the current generation, too. How do we hold onto our identity as gamers after becoming parents? When do we find time for our favorite hobby, and how does having children change what games we’re playing? On February 29 at PAX East 2020, I moderated this panel of gamers who shared their stories of adapting to their new lives while still making time for themselves and their games. Featuring: Ken Gagne...
Topics: Duane de Four, Jeff Warmouth, Jo Shaw, Johanna Shaw, Jonathan Holmes, Nic Tompkins-Hughes, panel,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/05/13/pg101-paxparents/
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Apr 15, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Sarah Elmaleh is an actor and voiceover artist best known for her work in video games, including indie titles Gone Home, Read Only Memories, and Pyre, to AAA titles Final Fantasy XV, Gears 5, and Anthem. Her credits also include radio dramas and on-screen performances such as Hey Ash Whatcha Playin'? . Last year saw the debut of GameDev.World , an online game developers' conference that Sarah co-founded and co-organized. She has most recently appeared in Night Studios' Afterparty, released last...
Topics: acting, Afterparty, Final Fantasy XV, GameDev.World, GDC, Gears 5, Gone Home, Mark Hamill, Sarah...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/04/15/pg100-sarah-elmaleh/
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Mar 18, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Dana Plank is a ludomusicologist, devoted to the study of video game music and sound. She has researched how game audio is used to represent disability, sensuality, gender, and exoticism, and she has been interviewed for books, podcasts, and MAGFest panels about games including Final Fantasy VI, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario RPG. Her current studies include Celeste; That Dragon, Cancer; and Untitled Goose Game. She is also a co-organizer of the North American Conference On Video Game...
Topics: audio, Dana Plank, ludomusicologist, ludomusicology, music, musicologess, musicologist, musicology,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/03/18/pg99-dr-dana-plank/
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Feb 12, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Nic Tompkins-Hughes has been a freelance writer, company administrator, and panel moderator in the games industry. They are currently raising the next generation of gamers, empowering them to explore gaming, gender, sexuality, and orientation on their own terms. Nic also identifies as transmasculine and is transitioning to non-binary, enjoying the newfound confidence that comes with realizing their true self. In this podcast, Nic and Ken talk about retaining your identity while being a parent;...
Topics: Nic Tompkins-Hughes, non-binary, parenting, parents, transgender
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/02/12/pg98-nic-tompkins-hughes/
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Jan 22, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Carly Kocurek is an associate professor of digital humanities and media studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her work in the analysis and preservation of games includes Save Point , a zine about the history of video games whose second issue is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter . She is also researching the "Games for Girls" movement of the 1990s, courtesy a grant from the National Science Foundation. In this podcast interview, we discuss why a zine is a format...
Topics: academia, archive, Barbie, Brenda Laurel, Carly Kocurek, crowdfunding, education, Girls for Games,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/01/22/pg97-dr-carly-kocurek/
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Dec 11, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Caspian Whistler is the founder and creative director of A Profound Waste of Time , an independent magazine inspired by video games. Each issue is available in hardcopy only, and each page is uniquely illustrated, combining prose and design from renowned gaming journalists, critics, and developers into a thoughtful collection of essays. The first issue of APWOT shipped in 2018 following a successful Kickstarter campaign, with the Kickstarter for the second issue currently underway. In this...
Topics: A Profound Waste of Time, APWOT, Caspian Whistler, dyslexia, Kickstarter, magazine
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/12/11/pg96-caspian-whistler/
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Nov 13, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Jessica Hebert is a placentologist and nerdy musician with the PDX Broadsides, a Portland, Oregon-based pop-folk trio. Their recent, debut East Coast tour featured songs about Nathan Fillion, Settlers of Catan, and mental health. Jessica is now back home, where she continues her work studying the role of the placenta (the human body's only temporary organ!) on gestational diabetes. In this podcast interview, Jessica and I chat about the PDX Broadsides' piratical origin, their creative...
Topics: band, Dr. Jessica Hebert, Jessica Hebert, music, musician, PDX Broadsides, placenta,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/11/13/pg95-dr-jessica-hebert/
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Oct 9, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Jeri Ellsworth recently launched the Kickstarter for Tilt Five , a mixed-reality headset and game board. Its proprietary approach to augmented reality allows gamers to bring Dungeons & Dragons, racing, pinball, and other games to life, using either symmetrical or asymmetrical gameplay, both locally and online. Having successfully reached its crowdfunding goal of $450,000 in just 17 hours, Tilt Five is on track to ship in the summer of 2020. In this podcast interview, Jeri and I talk about...
Topics: AR,augmented reality,castAR,Jeri Ellsworth,Kickstarter,mixed reality,MR,Tilt 5,Tilt Five, augmented...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/10/09/pg94-jeri-ellsworth/
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Sep 18, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Aurit Lazerus, PsyD , is gamer and board game geek with a private clinical practice in Providence, Rhode Island. She uses playfulness and creativity to help her patients feel more understood, connected, balanced, self-aware, and empowered. In this podcast, we chat about the mental health benefits of video games; what playfulness can look like, and how to incorporate it into one's daily life; how it feels when video games are used to procrastinate; and whether video games can be addictive....
Topics: Aurit Lazerus, clinical, creativity, Dr. Aurit Lazerus, PhD, playfulness, Providence, psychologist,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/09/18/pg93-aurit-lazerus/
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Aug 14, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Bobbi Augustine Sand is the game designer and author of Knife Sisters , a visual novel published by Transcenders Media. In Knife Sisters, players assume the role of Leo, a non-binary twenty-something exploring BDSM relationships and the occult. Players navigate this black-and-white world by choosing who to spend time with, what kink to explore, and how to respond to new situations, all while safely negotiating power exchange and communicating consent. Bobbi and I start this interview by...
Topics: BDSM, Bobbi A Sand, Bobbi Augustine Sand, Bobbi Sand, Darkside, dating sim, dating simulator,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/08/14/pg92-bobbi-sand/
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Jul 10, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Alicia Caillier is a product manager at Harmonix Music Systems, developer of music-rhythm video games such as Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Amplitude, and Frequency. Their most recent release is Dance Central for Oculus, the first virtual-reality entry in the long-running Dance Central series. For the first time, players can go online and explore a virtual dance club, learning moves from the game's pros and tearing up the dance floor with other players. In this podcast, Alicia and I talk about how a...
Topics: Alicia Caillier, Berklee, Dance Central, Harmonix, Harmonix Music Systems, Oculus, product manager,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/07/10/pg91-alicia-caillier/
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Jun 19, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Athena Z Peters is the founder and co-owner of Adventure Pub , a gaming gastropub located in the suburbs of Boston in Arlington, Massachusetts. Friends, families, and strangers can order from a full food and drink menu, borrow from a library of 400 board games, card games, and role-playing games, and even reserve event space for their Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Whether you're looking to try a game before you buy, discover something new, revisit a favorite classic, or enjoy a good meal,...
Topics: Adventure Pub, Arlington, Athena Peters, Athena Z Peters, board games, gaming cafe, gastropub,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/06/19/pg90-athena-peters/
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May 8, 2019 Ken Gagne
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TQ is a Twitch variety streamer and Take This Ambassador. Her channel frequently hosts charity streams in support mental health, children's hospitals, and other non-profits close to her heart. This advocacy recently extended to PAX East, where TQ appeared on the panel " Avoiding Burnout in Creative Professions ", speaking from her experience working 60+ hours a week to maintain her channel and audience. In all her work, she focuses on how our differences as people make us better as a...
Topics: ambassador, dogs, emotional support animals, Patreon, SlyTQ, stream, Take This, Taylor Quinn, TQ,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/05/08/pg89-slytq/
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Mar 31, 2019 Ken Gagne
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The tenth annual PAX East was held last month, and I was honored to host two panels of brilliant speakers. One, "The Return of Couch Play", can be seen and heard on the IndieSider podcast . The other was "The Art of Craft: Inspiring Game Creations", featured on this week's Polygamer podcast. Video games are art — and art imitates video games. The characters, colors, and aesthetics of our favorite digital worlds have spawned an industry of apparel and crafts that keep us...
Topics: Adri, Chris Gonzalez, Dapper Pixel, genericgeekgirl, Gonzo, Inspiring Game Creations, Jo Shaw,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/04/10/pg88-paxcraft/
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Mar 6, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Tifa Robles is the author of The Explorers of Azullucent , a young-adult fantasy novel currently on Kickstarter. Over 16 years in the making, this book features a trio of diverse female protagonists on an epic adventure of discovery. Tifa is no stranger to writing, being a regular contributor to the board game website Tabletop-Test. Her love for gaming continues as co-host GenCon's TableTakes show and as founder and former organizer of the Lady Planeswalker Society, a community for introducing...
Topics: board games, crowdfunding, dyslexia, Explorers of Azullucent, freelance, Kickstarter, TableTakes,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/03/06/pg87-tifa-robles/
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Feb 13, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Geneviève "Eve" Leblanc is the community manager and QA tester for Clever Endeavour Games , developer of Ultimate Chicken Horse, a multiplayer, multiplatform game. UCH's community has grown with the game's original Windows release in 2016, PS4 and Xbox One debut in 2017, and Nintendo Switch port in 2018. Since last year, Eve has fostered this community, engaged with fans and influencers, and brainstormed promotions. In this episode of Polygamer , Eve and I chat about how a community...
Topics: Clever Endeavour Games, community management, community manager, Eve Leblanc, Geneviève Leblanc,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/02/13/pg86-eve-leblanc/
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Jan 9, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Shannon Symonds is a curator at The Museum of Play , home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG). This institution in Rochester, New York, is home to 60,000+ artifacts of gaming history, from rare game consoles, coin-ops, and prototypes to design documents, periodicals, and transcripts. Shannon, who last month was profiled in the book Women in Gaming , recently curated the Women in Games exhibit, showcasing the contributions of generations of women to video...
Topics: curation, curator, exhibit, history, ICHEG, museum, Museum of Play, New York, preservation,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/01/09/pg85-shannon-symonds/
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Dec 5, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Meagan Marie is the author of Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play , a new hardcover book and e-book featuring interviews with more than a hundred women in the games industry. The book profiles not only luminaries who have created, diversified, and preserved the industry, such as Jennifer Hale, Perrin Kaplan, Sheri Graner Ray , and Shannon Symonds, but also the next generation of leaders, including Bahiyya Khan , Regina Luki Kgatle, and Jenny Xu. Marie researched and wrote Women in Gaming...
Topics: book, Crystal Dynamics, DK, DK US, Dorling Kindersley, hardcopy, hardcover, interviews, Meagan...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/12/05/pg84-meagan_marie/
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Nov 14, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Bahiyya Khan is the developer of after HOURS, a full-motion video (FMV) game about sexual assault and borderline personality disorder (BPD). Presented as an interactive film, after HOURS has received critical acclaim and awards at game conferences around the globe for its innovative storytelling and willingness to tackle difficult subjects. The game has also earned a publishing deal with Humble, which will be releasing the game for Windows in early December 2018. I first saw Bahiyya when she...
Topics: after HOURS, Bahiyya Khan, borderline personality disorder, BPD, Different Games, FMV, Humble,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/11/14/pg83-bahiyya-khan/
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Oct 17, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Stacy and Mari collectively form Geek Remix , a popular YouTube channel in which the two women Let's Play and analyze mainstream and indie video games. They don't stray from terrible or problematic games, acknowledging the challenging aspects of gaming and using them as an opportunity to engage in dialogue about how to make them better. Their channel is designed as a safe space, offering both entertainment and social justice. In this podcast, Ken chats with Mari and Stacy about how they...
Topics: David Cage, Detroit Become Human, Firewatch, Geek Remix, Geekremix, imposter syndrome, Mari, Stacy,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/10/17/pg82-geekremix/
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Sep 26, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Cynthia Lowen is the director and producer of NETIZENS , a documentary that details the proliferation of online harassment faced by women. The film follows feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, attorney Carrie Goldberg, and businesswoman Tina Reine as they fight back against the online harassment that has threatened their careers and livelihoods. Lowen ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for NETIZENS in late 2016 and is now showing the movie on the film festival circuit prior to its general...
Topics: Bully, Carrie Goldberg, crowdfunding, Cynthia Lowen, director, documentary, Kickstarter, Netizens,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/09/26/pg81-cynthia-lowen/
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Aug 15, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Angela O'Hara is a senior artist at Big Viking Games, creators of mobile and social games such as YoWorld and Fish World. At Big Viking Games, O'Hara creates vector art for avatars and accessories that players use to design their virtual world. Many of the games are popular with middle-aged women, and diversity and representation is a core value in the art O'Hara creates for these games. In her spare time, she produces fan art, seeks inspiration from anime and manga, and mentors local aspiring...
Topics: Angela O'Hara, art, Big Viking Games, FellminaGames, Fish World, Flash, Sailor Moon, TMNT, vector...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/08/15/pg80-angela-ohara/
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Jul 11, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Abbey Perl is the founder of the Diverse Gaming Coalition , a non-profit organization charged with ending bullying both online and off. Founded in 2016, the Diverse Gaming Coalition provides resources, education, and safe spaces by organizing events and entertainment media. In this episode, I spoke with Abbey about her own experience with bullying and being doxxed; how her non-profit tackles bullying while also being fun; the story behind the group's comic book, Life on the Outside ; the...
Topics: Abbey Perl, Abbey Sager, bullying, Diverse Gaming Coalition, harassment, PAX, PAX East
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/07/11/pg79-abbey-perl/
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Jun 13, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Katie Kaitchuck is the executive director of GaymerX , an LGBT-focused gaming convention. In the past year, the organization became a non-profit, separated from the for-profit MidBoss Games, sent diverse indie developers to GDC, and began planning next year's GaymerX conventions. Amid all this and after only two months as GaymerX's program director, Kaitchuck became executive director in April 2018 and is now charting the future of the organization. In this episode, Kaitchuck and I discuss the...
Topics: executive director, gay, GaymerX, GXEast, Katie Kaitchuck, LGBT, LGBTQ, MidBoss, Pride Month, queer
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/06/13/pg78-katie-kaitchuck/
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May 9, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Harris O'Malley is Dr. NerdLove , a dating coach who gives advice to geeks of all stripes via his blog, podcast, YouTube channel, and column for Kotaku. Aiming to offset the toxic masculinity of The Red Pill and men's rights activists, O'Malley encourages healthy platonic and romantic relationships, with video games being a shared interest in which to connect and remain connected with fellow geeks. In this episode, I chat with Dr. NerdLove about his evolution from pick-up artist to feminist;...
Topics: dating, Dr. NerdLove, Good Men Project, Harris O'Malley, pickup artist, PUA, World of Warcraft
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/05/09/pg77-dr-nerdlove/
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Apr 11, 2018 Ken Gagne
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In four short years, Patreon has enabled thousands of gamers to take their journalism, podcasts, and channels to the next level. It’s proven a popular alternative to the whims of Google’s "adpocalypse"—though Patreon’s had a few bumps of its own along the way. On the PAX East 2018 panel " Gaming Patreon: Building Community for Fun and Profit ", I chatted with three Patreon creators to learn about their crowdfunding strategies, setting effective goals and rewards,...
Topics: I Need Diverse Games, Ian Danskin, Innuendo Studios, Lon Seidman, Patreon, Tanya C DePass, Tanya...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/04/11/pg76-patreon/
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Mar 21, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Queens of Adventure is a comedy-adventure podcast in which four drag queens slay their way through pencil-and-paper role-playing games. Adapted from the live stage show Dungeons & Drag Queens , Queens of Adventure has as its dungeon master Matt Baume, host of the podcast Sewers of Paris , director of documentary Playing with Pride , and returning guest of Polygamer . On this episode, Matt provides an introductory lesson to drag and how it's similar to D&D; how he'll adapt an...
Topics: crowdfunding, D&D, drag, drag queens, Dungeons & Drag Queens, Dungeons & Dragons,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/03/21/pg75-matt-baume/
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Jan 17, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Joseph Bein is the president & creative lead of Out of Sight Games , developer of the audio game A Hero's Call . The studio's first game, A Hero's Call was designed to be accessible by visually impaired gamers, including half of Out of Sight Games, who built their own game engine to ensure the game's accessibility. In this interview, Bein talks about what kinds of games tend to be more accessible to blind gamers; what developers can do to improve their games' accessibility; whether or not...
Topics: A Hero's Call, accessibility, Adriane Kuzminski, blind, IDGA, Joseph Bein, Kickstarter, Out of...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/01/17/pg74-joseph-bein/
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Dec 13, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Wally S is a game developer, author, artist, and cosplayer who has written such Twine games as The Leggy Blond and Your Merman Boyfriend. Wally recently made their GaymerX East speaking debut with the presentation " The Great Chasm of Nonbinary Content and How We Can Fill It ", examining not only how far LGBT representation has come in video game narratives, but how much further there is still to go for nonbinary characters, whether gender is even necessary in games, and how our...
Topics: agender, bigender, GaymerX, genderfluid, genderqueer, GXEast, nonbinary, nongender, Twine, Wally S
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/12/13/pg73-wally-s/
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Nov 8, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Nicole Hunter is a freelance writer and a moderator for Black Gamers Revolution . This community Black gamers extends to Twitter, Tumblr, Twitch, and Discord, providing a safe space for Black gamers to share their experiences free of harassment or the wed to educate others. The group regularly plays in online games such as Overwatch, League of Legends, and Destiny 2. In this episode, I chat with Nicole about how she got her start as a freelance writer, how she decides what to publish where, and...
Topics: Black, Black Gamers Revolution, Black Girl Gaming, community, Destiny 2, Discord, freelance, Golf...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/11/08/pg72-nicole-hunter/
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Oct 11, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Susan Arendt is the editor-in-chief of Genii Online , a website that covers magic and deception for magicians and anyone interested in the art and craft of magic. While Genii has existed as a print magazine since 1936, Genii Online's September 2017 launch marked the publication's online debut. It also marked a shift for Susan: after many successful years helming gaming publications such as GamesRadar+ , Joystiq , and The Escapist , Susan is bringing her digital media experience and expertise to...
Topics: cardistry, Continue, deception, Genii, Genii Online, Magic, magicians, podcast, Susan Arendt, Take...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/10/11/pg71-susan-arendt/
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Sep 13, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Kellian Adams Pletcher is the mastermind behind Green Door Labs , which builds location-based, transmedia games for museums and non-profits. Kids and adults alike use smartphones, pencil and paper, and other tools to learn the stories behind art, what life was like on the Oregon Trail, how to use a library, and more. Green Door Labs' experiences leverage existing resources and platforms to make the design of fun, interactive experience accessible to any organization, no matter what the budget....
Topics: gamification, Green Door Labs, Kellian Adams, Kellian Adams Pletcher, LevelUp, museums,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/09/13/pg70-green-door-labs/
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Aug 9, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Tanya DePass is the founder of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit that advocates for diversity in gaming. In addition to offering speaking engagements, GDC scholarships, and diversity programming at events such as GaymerX, Tanya has also hosted Fresh Out of Tokens , a weekly interview-based podcast, in which she interviewed such gaming luminaries as Zoë Quinn, David Gaider, and Jim Sterling. After two years and 95 episodes, Fresh Out of Tokens , went off the air in July 2017. In this episode...
Topics: Fresh Out of Tokens, GenCon, hashtag, I Need Diverse Games, INeedDivGms, OrcaCon, PAX, podcast,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/08/09/pg69-tanya-depass/
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Jul 12, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Katie Hallahan is the chief communications officer, co-founder, game designer, and public relations director for Phoenix Online Studios , a developer and publisher of point-and-click adventure games. The studio began in 2002 when Katie and her fellow directors set out to create an unofficial King's Quest fan game, The Silver Lining, the fifth and final episode of which is releasing this year. Phoenix Online Studios has since partnered with legendary game designer Jane Jensen to release...
Topics: 411mania.com, Activision, Adventure Game Studio, Adventure Games, AGS, Fear the Walking Dead, Game...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/07/12/pg68-katie-hallahan/
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Jun 28, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Sarah LeBoeuf is a freelance writer, editor, and all-around nerd. Her video game reviews, features, and event coverage have appeared on such storied publications as Nerdist, Mashable, Ars Technica, Escapist, Digital Trends, GamesRadar+, and more. Sarah also serves on the board of Take This, a non-profit that addresses mental health issues in the video game industry and community. In this podcast, Sarah has just returned home from the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which she covered...
Topics: Breath of the Wild, E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nerdist, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch, Sarah...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/06/28/pg67-sarah-leboeuf/
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Jun 7, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Wonder Woman has exploded across the silver screen, breaking all records: the first major female superhero film; the first major superhero film directed by a woman; the second $100M-budget film with a female director; and the biggest opening weekend ever for a woman-directed film. Starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman is a box-office blockbuster, a fantastic film, and a milestone for feminists. In this episode of Polygamer , I reunite with Sabriel...
Topics: Chris Pine, comics, DC, DC Comics, Diana Prince, Gal Gadot, movie, movies, Patty Jenkins, S,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/06/07/pg-sq2-wonder-woman/
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The Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota is an archive and research center dedicated to preserving the history of information technology. Instead of physical hardware and software, the CBI preserves the culture and stories of the IT industry, as told by both those who created it and those whom it impacted. Its extensive collection on Social Issues in Computing exemplifies the many challenges that have arisen as the result of the evolution and proliferation of technology,...
Topics: Amanda Wick, archive, Arvid Nelsen, CBI, Charles Babbage Institute, library, Minneapolis, UMN,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/05/24/pg66-charles-babbage-institute/
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May 10, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Kishonna Gray is a visiting scholar at MIT's Comparative Media Studies/Writing department, where she teaches Women & Gender Studies. She comes from Eastern Kentucky University, where she founded the Critical Gaming Lab; and from Arizona State University, where earned her Ph.D. in justice studies. She is the author of Race, Gender, and Deviance in Xbox Live , in which she examines deviant behavior in online gaming. In this episode of Polygamer , I ask Kishonna about the correlation between...
Topics: Arizona State University, ASU, BAMIT, Cambridge, CMSW, Critical Gaming Lab, Eastern Kentucky...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/05/10/pg65-kishonna-gray/
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Apr 26, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Noah J. Springer recently published his Ph.D. dissertation about reddit, in which he analyzed the cultural practices, technological affordances, hybrid economics, and politics of reddit's public sphere. During the course of Springer's research, GamerGate erupted, bringing into existence the subreddits of Kotaku In Action and GamerGhazi, affording Springer the opportunity to witness the emergence and evolution of these publics and counterpublics. In this episode of Polygamer , I speak with...
Topics: dissertation, GamerGate, GamerGhazi, KiA, Kotaku In Action, Noah J. Springer, Noah Springer, Ph.D.,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/04/26/pg64-noah-springer/
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Apr 12, 2017 Ken Gagne
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This week's Polygamer podcast is the audio from the PAX East panel " +1 to Journalism: Becoming a Better Writer ", held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, 4:00–5:00 PM in Bobcat Theatre. What do you need to know to make it as a games journalist? What pitches do editors love to get, and what tropes have been done to death? Whether you’re helping consumers make informed purchasing decisions, unearthing the history of a franchise, or critiquing video games as art, you have to convey a lot of...
Topics: +1 to Journalism, Alexander Sliwinski, editing, editors, Jonathan Holmes, journalism, PAX, PAX...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/04/12/pg63-paxjourno2017/
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Mar 15, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Sabriel Mastin is the head of social media and support for Overbuff , a stats-tracking website for Overwatch, the popular first-person shooter from Warcraft developer Blizzard. When not competing in competitive multiplayer matches as Tracer or Ana, Sabriel is engaging with fans on Facebook and Twitter, congratulating them on their gameplay and helping them track their improvement using Overbuff. Sabriel is also a frequent panelist at PAX East, where she advocates for diversity and LGBT...
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Topics: Activision, Activision Blizzard, Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment, BlizzCon, e-sports, esports,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/03/15/pg62-sabriel_mastin/
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Mar 1, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Jonathan Holmes is the former editor-in-chief of Destructoid and a frequent contributor to that site as well as many others, including Nintendo Force and A Profound Waste of Time . He is also a voice actor and a frequent speaker and panelist at video game conventions. Next week, he and I will be appearing on the PAX East 2017 panel " +1 to Journalism ". In advance of that event, this week Jonathan and I discuss the spat that YouTube celebrity PewDiePie is having with the Wall Street...
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Feb 15, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Kungfufruitcup is a variety streamer and speedrunner. In her live Twitch stream, she races to finish video games as quickly as possible, mastering a game's precise timing and patterns — and the occasional glitch — to break all records. She is also a regular attendee and commentator at Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), the biannual speedrun charity marathon; and is co-captain of Girls On Fire, an all-women speedrun team on Twitch. In this episode, Ken and Fufu discuss how to get under the...
Topics: AGDQ, Awesome Games Done Quick, Girls On Fire, glitch, Kirby 64, Kungfufruitcup, marathon,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/02/15/pg60-kungfufruitcup/
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Jan 25, 2017 Ken Gagne
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EMiSpicer is a video game culture photographer who travels the world capturing gaming events and moments. From GaymerX in New York and California to Fantastic Arcade in Texas and Blip Festival in Japan, EMiSpicer has documented conventions, conferences, festivals, and competitions with her artistic photography. When not moving, she's at home as the social media manager for MidBoss Games, developer of 2064: Read Only Memories. In this interview, I asked EMiSpicer how she evokes the spirit of...
Topics: 2064, chiptune, culture, EMiSpicer, MidBoss, photographer, photography, pop culture, Read Only...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/01/25/pg59-emispicer/
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Jan 11, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Matt Baume is the writer and storyteller behind the book Defining Marriage and the audio podcast Sewers of Paris , in which he interviews members of the gay community about their experiences and relationships with marriage and entertainment media. His latest ambition is Playing With Pride , a video project in which he and partner James Morris share the stories of attendees of GaymerX, an annual video game convention for the LGBT+ community. Featuring interviews with Sabriel Mastin, Susan...
Topics: Defining Marriage, documentary, James Morris, Matt Baume, Playing With Pride, Sewers of Paris,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/01/11/pg58-matt-baume/
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Dec 14, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Natalie Juhasz is the co-founder and creative lead of indie game studio ReVenture Games . After producing several successful point-and-click adventure games in the Lorna Bains franchise, Juhasz and co-founder Marcus Seyer have launched an Indiegogo campaign for their first commercial title: Lorna Bains in 'For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls' . As part of their exploration of narrative, the studio also recently attended narrative games convention AdventureX, where Juhasz attended several panels...
Topics: Adventure Game Studio, Adventure Games, AGS, crowdfunding, For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls, Lorna...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/12/14/pg57-natalie-juhasz/
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Nov 23, 2016 Ken Gagne
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GaymerX, the world's only annual video game and geek culture convention for the LGBT+ community and its allies, has arrived on the East Coast! After four successful events in California and one in Australia, the first GaymerX East was held in New York City the weekend of November 11–13. I attended GXE, as did many other Polygamer alumni. I invited three of them to participate in a panel about their work in gaming diversity, how they stay inspired and motivated, and how they define success....
Topic: Francesca Carletto-Leon, GaymerX, GaymerX East, GXE, Khadeja Merenkov, Matt Conn, New York City, NYC
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/11/23/pg56-gaymerx-east/
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Nov 9, 2016 Ken Gagne
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SeriouslyClara is a Twitch content creator who focuses on indie games. After being "tricked" into streaming by a friend, she came to love the community and the support they offered her in response to her honesty and authenticity. She now streams to her channel's 22,000 subscribers several times a week, where she plays indie titles and promotes mental health awareness and body positivity. She recently spoke on the PAX West 2016 panel " So You Think Twitch Isn't For You? Guess...
Topic: childfree, Clara, indie, introvert, livestream, Owlboy, Sandbox Strategies, SeriouslyClara, stream,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/11/09/pg55-seriouslyclara/